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Nick.Desrosiers

An idea for your unused 5.25 bay...

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Posted · Original PosterOP

So part of why I built my first was to clean up my desk from all the cables going in and out of  my laptop. I hoped to switch to a PCIe sound card as well, so to reduce the amount of boxes on my desk, but by looking at the offering I realized that USB sound cards were still superior in pretty much every way - a big thing for me was XLR in, which is not a thing on PCIe cards. So I reverted to an external unit, picking up a used Scarlett Solo for 70$. I was still determined to mount it internally, and I have no need for an optical drive, so I decided to mount it in the 5.25 bay. 

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First, I took the Solo apart. I used a cheap Amazon plastic bracket as a new mount for the guts of the sound card that I had to file a bit to fit the board in properly. This ended up being really solid, there was no play between the card and the mount.
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Then all I had to do was mount this in the case, and route the cables. For now, the cables are plugged at the back and come out on an empty PCIe slot, but the plan is to drill a PCI cover and install RCA connectors to make it look like a dedicated card. I am waiting for a USB B to USB header to plug the card directly to the motherboard, should come in on monday.

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Overall I'm satisfied with the result. Looks pretty clean, for an evening's worth of work.

 

If anybody's curious, here's my system:

CPU: Ryzen 3 3200G

RAM: Corsair LPX 8G

GPU: Onboard Vega graphics

MoBo: Asus B450F Gaming

Case: Cougar MX330

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Looks really nice to me


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11 minutes ago, Nick.Desrosiers said:

So part of why I built my first was to clean up my desk from all the cables going in and out of  my laptop. I hoped to switch to a PCIe sound card as well, so to reduce the amount of boxes on my desk, but by looking at the offering I realized that USB sound cards were still superior in pretty much every way - a big thing for me was XLR in, which is not a thing on PCIe cards. So I reverted to an external unit, picking up a used Scarlett Solo for 70$. I was still determined to mount it internally, and I have no need for an optical drive, so I decided to mount it in the 5.25 bay. 

20190926_172632.thumb.jpg.f0f56776cbca332e8bc5bea4fb6a43f6.jpg

First, I took the Solo apart. I used a cheap Amazon plastic bracket as a new mount for the guts of the sound card that I had to file a bit to fit the board in properly. This ended up being really solid, there was no play between the card and the mount.
20190926_172455.thumb.jpg.5a120ec5bfa22b8c5f1914ee8c6d2cd9.jpg20190926_172512.thumb.jpg.a45c5f0f2742a517c125e7a186afd5ad.jpg

 

Then all I had to do was mount this in the case, and route the cables. For now, the cables are plugged at the back and come out on an empty PCIe slot, but the plan is to drill a PCI cover and install RCA connectors to make it look like a dedicated card. I am waiting for a USB B to USB header to plug the card directly to the motherboard, should come in on monday.

20190926_214913.thumb.jpg.40414eaefdf5296147caf6b170ed22b6.jpg

20190926_221648.thumb.jpg.0bf72c353c18b032df8f29aa89585995.jpg

 

Overall I'm satisfied with the result. Looks pretty clean, for an evening's worth of work.

 

If anybody's curious, here's my system:

CPU: Ryzen 3 3200G

RAM: Corsair LPX 8G

GPU: Onboard Vega graphics

MoBo: Asus B450F Gaming

Case: Cougar MX330

im guess is the XLR is the big plug. too big to fit on a pic slot. they could do an adapter but i guess they don't care. so external it is.

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almost like it was made to fit that spot.


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Here's the bracket from Amazon: 

KingWin Internal 3.5-Inch Hard... https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00A659JXS?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

 

Here are the RCA connectors i'm planning to use:

VCE 3-Pack Gold Plated RCA... https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07FQ2PMBR?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

 

Honestly, I wish some OEM would offer something like this, ideally with a dedicated PCIe card to save those precious internal usb headers for RGB. You would just have to screw in your front unit, plug in your PCIe card and connect the two. I really think that there would be a market for this, considering how few people use their 5.25 bay as well as all their PCIe slots...

 

My original plan was to use a USB PCIe expansion with an added internal header, connect the card there and mount the connectors on the same backplate, but that was bumping the cost for this project up another 20~30 bucks... I still might do it down the road, if only to fill out some of the useless PCIes my dumb-full-ATX-buying ass ended up with ?

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